December 5 Pearl

December 5

As I was driving home from work today and the traffic slowed down to a slow crawl. I was sitting on the exit and looking down on I65, a thought came to me.

The back up of the interstate is like the blood flow in your body, especially the heart. There were three flows of traffic flowing into I65 and somewhere there was a blockage.

Just like the heart or lungs, if there is a blockage blood starts backing up and it doesn’t run smoothly. This back up can cause a lack of oxygen and lead to a stroke or a heart attack.

We needed a little morphine, oxygen and some aspirin tonight out on I65. I guess my brain works a bit strange.?

Today’s attribute is Jehovah, God of peace. The scripture is Judges 6:16-24. This is a story of how Gideon wanted a sign to know that it was really the Lord who was speaking to him and giving him a message that he would defeat his enemies.

Gideon asked the angel to stay put and he went and cooked a young goat and baked unleavened bread. He brought it to the angel and the angel told him to place the bread and meat on the rock and dump the broth over the top.

After Gideon did this, a flame came up from the rock and consumed all the meat! If that doesn’t prove your talking to God I don’t know what would?

Gideon was overwhelmed because he realized he had seen God face to face. He was afraid, but the angel said do not be afraid!

Gideon named this altar Yahweh-Shalom which means the Lord is peace! There are many times in scripture the Lord says peace do not be afraid. I’ve never seen the Lord face to face, but I imagine it would be scary to see all His glory shining from one face.

My Pearl today is that I don’t need to see Him face to face to have his peace, it’s available to us anytime we take time to bow our heads and hearts to Him.

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December 4 Pearl

December 4

Today’s attribute is King of Glory, always reminds of the Third Day song: Who is this King of Glory who pursues me with his love, And haunts me with each hearing of his softly spoken words, my conscience a reminder of forgiveness that I need, Who is this king of glory who offers it to me…

Who is this king of glory son of god and son of man: His name is Jesus! precious Jesus! The Lord almighty the king of my heart the king of glory; who is this king of glory with strength and majesty..

Matt Powell’s voice is one of authority. I love to bow my head and worship to this song. He is definitely the King of Glory and has all authority. Not Matt Powell, but the Lord. Lol!!

The scripture for King of Glory is: Psalm 24:8-9 Who is the King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty; the Lord, invincible in battle. Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter.

Psalm 102:15 Then the nations will tremble before the Lord. The kings of the earth will tremble before his glory.

Trembling before the Lord shows reverence and awe of who He is. If I stop and think and meditate I am brought into the right mind set, but if I’m busy like I was today, I can easily forget to stay connected to him!

My Pearl is that I can stay connected and be in awe if I choose to do so. I can feel His presence if I stay focused on Him.

December 3 Pearl

December 3

These verses give me great hope!

For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him!! Isaiah 64:4

He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns. 1 Corinthians 1:8

What peace and joy to know that The Lord wants to give us great things! He wants to help us live the lives that we can be proud of. A life that leaves a legacy when we are gone.

Working in hospice I often ponder the question: what will people say about me when I’m dying? Will family want to be with me? There are some people who have burned many bridges and sadly family don’t come around when they are dying.

Some people have so much turmoil with their families that fights break out around the dying person. How sad. I sure pray that I can live the kind of life that leaves a legacy of good things, not hatred and bitterness.

Life is way to short to keep counts of wrong things people have done to us. In the end its not really going to matter. All that will matter is how I responded to those who were not nice to me.

Lately I’ve been so hormonal and I really want to slap everyone. I have to reel myself in and beg The Lord to help me not react out of my hormones. Because I know that is NOT who I am!

My hormones do not define me! The Lord defines me! I refuse to be a female dog even when I feel like one inside. I let these emotions break me as I bow before the Lord and ask Him to help me.

This denying of my emotions is very hard work, but it will be worth it in the end. The good news is that I know The Lord understands my heart and knows that I don’t want to be a female dog. I want to love others.

My pearl is that The Lord knows my struggles and knows my desires and will help me be who I know I am in Him!

December 2 Pearl

December 2

If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. John 15:7 This sounds like we can ask for anything we want! I don’t know about you, but I can start listing some things: new body, debt free, no worry, no fear and great relationships.

Abiding means to stay close.. If we walk with the Lord every day and let His words stay in us and live by them we will be able to ask for whatever we want?

I think realistically what happens is that as we stay close to The Lord and learn about His principles we will ask for what He wants, not what we want.

What He wants will become our desire. Therefore its fit to say that we can ask for whatever we want because we will be asking with the right motives.

The list I started is really just all about what will make my personal life comfortable, its not about big picture perspective and what really matters from an eternal perspective.

If I ask for whatever I want from an eternal perspective my list may look like this: show me Lord how to love those who hurt me or hate me, show me how to be wise and use your time and money wisely.. etc.. these are things that matter eternally.

So all that to say yes, we can have what we want if we stay close to Him because our requests will mirror His heart and what really makes a difference after we are no longer here.

My pearl is that I Get the privilege of being close to Him!!! How exciting is that!

December 1 Pearl

December 1

Its the first day of December! My favorite time of year! I like to celebrate the birth of Jesus all month long. We have been redeemed and saved from ourselves. Our Savior has been born, he is Christ our Lord!

We have a tradition to read scripture that reveals a different attribute of The Lord for 25 days in the month of December.

Today’s attribute is comforter. The scripture is from 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. All praise to God, the father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.

The Lord is the best source of comfort. We try to find comfort in food, work and other people. Most of the time we are disappointed by the results because we are trying to find comfort where it can’t be found.

When we find comfort in the right way, by waiting on The Lord. We are given comfort so we can offer the same comfort to others.

I believe the Lord gives us all good things not so we can keep it to ourselves, but so we can pass it on to others. The Lord gives us peace and strength so we can share it with others.

My Pearl is the comfort we have available to us as we walk through this world of pain.

November 30 Pearl

November 30

Unbelievable, its the last day of November. Christmas is in 25 days. Where did the year go? The older I get the faster time flys or the slower my brain processes?

What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter. What sorrow for those who are wise in their own eyes and think themselves so clever. Isaiah 50:20-21

These verses give me a lot to ponder. I believe the Lord allows us to be deceived if we have turned our hearts away from Him and are wanting to follow our own wretched ways.

He allows our perspective to be darkened and we can’t see things as they really are. When Adam and Eve had not sinned they could see things as God saw them. But when they chose to sin their eyes were opened to sin.

Eve thought she wanted her eyes opened up, but after they were opened it was to late to go back and say no I don’t want to see after all. The serpent had promised that her eyes would be opened.

He didn’t lie, because her eyes were opened. She didn’t know the repercussions for this desire to see more.

If we can get to a place in our minds where we can trust the Lord and His plan and we don’t have to understand or take charge, we will live more peaceful lives.

We can surrender to His plan and surprisingly we gain freedom from surrendering to His restrictions. I know this concept is way over our heads, but its true.

My Pearl is that surrendering to the one who Knows best will allow me to live the best life possible.

November 29 Pearl

November 29

Today my husband and I have been married for nine years! As every relationship does we have had our ups and downs and are stronger for the bumps in the road.

I saw this phrase today: Life gives lemons to good people, bad people, old people, all people. Life comes with lemons. But we don’t have to suck on them.

Tonight we went out to a nice restaurant to eat. I felt a bit like a fish out of water as I’m trying to dress up and be fancy. I’m assuming growing up Amish makes me more comfortable with down to earth simple things.

I had my fingernails and toenails painted for tonight’s occasion. It so odd for me to have them painted. Its out of character for me to dress up. It feels strange.

I like to look good, but I want to do it without make up, heels and souping up my hair and nails. If I had my choice I probably would not dress up very often.

I’m probably uncomfortable because I’m insecure about how I look. I don’t really measure up to other women who get all dressed up. Its hard to be someone I’m not.

My Pearl is that The Lord made me just the way I am and I’m ok in His eyes.